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Poster: cashel Date: Jun 6, 2004 2:24pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Gone is the joy of main street shopping

The people seem happy. Perhaps it is because they are walking in the fresh air. Today they would probably shop in an envronment which is really a huge enclosed box with its stuffy recycled air. Also the huge corporations had not yet moved in and destroyed the wonderful individuality...Now the towns have lost their focus.

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Poster: Spuzz Date: Jun 6, 2004 8:08am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: All the Beautiful People

I think they might have been happy that they had MONEY. Given the time, and the financial problems looming, it's amazing that this town seemed to be so neat and prim while doing their business. The school shots are also pretty amazing, I'm presuming that this was a private school as all the kids were neat as a pin, mind you, this being the late 30's, I am not sure. Also worth noting is that the photographer captured no 'dirty' low income people, which leads me to believe that a) this was a high income town or b) the photographer (and perhaps the townspeople?) would rather ignore them. You may have noticed eariler on in the film an old fellow with a cane pop into the shot, then was quickly jump cut to something more glamorous. Maybe I have to view more of this material, (and I will) but this film is a total gloss-over of the depression. Sorry for being harsh, feel free to correct me.

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 6, 2004 11:25am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: All the Beautiful People

I doubt this was a private school. The kids in this area were mostly children of Scandinavian immigrants - poor but very concerned with the education of their children and would do much to make their children look "presentable" at school, especially if they had any idea a photographer was in town. I don't see a "gloss over" of the depression on the part of the film maker . . . but perhaps by the subjects. There was a great deal of "maintaining appearances" followed by the exclamation: "I never expected . . . " when the appearance proved a facade.

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Poster: cashel Date: Jun 6, 2004 8:53am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: All the Beautiful People

spuzz..I could not find find much info on Britton on the internet. so I really do NOT know much about the town

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Poster: leecherzs Date: Jun 6, 2004 9:00am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: All the Beautiful People

here is the town website history page if useful.
http://www.brittonsouthdakota.com/history_page.htm

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Poster: cashel Date: Jun 6, 2004 8:47pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: present day residents of Britton

It is surprising that none of the residents have reviewed any of the films or contributed to any of the forums.I have been reading their weekly newspaper for more than one year and there has scant historical information and no mention of Ivan Besse or the films. What heritage is to be handed to the children?